Since that experience this spring I decided to venture out into the freebie audio resources this year to save a little money and to have more great stories to 'strew' about the house for the out of lessons hours that make up our day. (I feel better about a free CD getting accidentally scratched or broken than one I paid over $20 for. ) I have been busy lately downloading some of these public domain audio books to supplement our Medieval History and literature. We will be using The Story of the Middle Ages published by Nothing New Press for our spine next year, which I have loved ever since I first saw them four years ago. One of the reasons why I love these books so much is the recommended reading list at the back of the book. It is an extensive reading list advising what books would enhance the stories of the middle ages which H. A. Gruber wrote and also when to read/use them so it all flows by in chronological order. I love it!
The books can be downloaded and left on your MP3 player, iPOD, played straight off your computer with good speakers or you can burn them to CD's. I like to burn them so the boys can use them outside of school time. They often play them in their rooms while they fiddle around with their uber stix or legos. Leaving the CD's 'strewn' about gives them a way to hear stories again that we have read in our history lesson or to hear something new that we will not have time to fit into the history schedule.
Librivox.org has in the recent years added CD covers and CD artwork to their list of features for each book. This makes burning CD's even more inviting I think. I am enjoying printing out the covers and fitting them in old CD jewel cases we have laying around the office. Who would have thought we would have over forty jewel cases laying around. Just so you don't have to go hunting for the medieval themed books yourself I have listed them below in a alphabetical order not according age appropriateness just an extensive list you can peruse. Just click on the title below the CD art work you want to investigate and it will take you to the Librivox.org site where you will be able to do with it what you like.